To my liberal friends, and I’m not even sure I’m a liberal or a progressive. You (we) are known for our soft hearts and soft heads, well, on this one we need to get hard. Our Republican friends have counted on us to be compromising, nice, forgiving, but no more, not on this one. Jesus was not nice, he was hard and tough and he demanded love and justice from his followers. He said, “If you don’t serve the poor and the helpless, you do not know me” (Matthew 25).
Despite a Democratic President and Senate, Republicans have gotten their way on nearly every issue of public policy:
-low taxes on the rich and on corporations, with skyrocketing social inequality;
-a bloated military industrial complex, despite Eisenhower’s warnings against this;
-a preemptive war policy that encourages and exercises forms of assassination overseas;
-a Supreme Court ruling, Citizen’s United that allows the rich to buy their politicians;
-the swamping of our streets with guns, despite massive public polling against it;
-the stalling of all sane immigration reform, creating a hopeless and helpless underclass;
-the destruction of unions, and the undercutting of working person’s wages;
-the slashing of school funding, and enslavement of our young people to debt;
-a gap between the rich and poor that has now reached the level of the Great Depression;
-the erosion of even the belief that climate change is happening;
-a permanent prison industrial complex, jailing one third of African American males;
-a war on drugs, that really is a war on the poor;
-an insurance system that leaves 50 million people high and dry, with medical bills as the highest cause of bankruptcy.
I could go on and on. They will stop at nothing and they depend on our softness and our apathy. Time to stand up folks. Nice, liberal, soft hearted types, time to stand up and get hard. Demand no more compromise with the Republican House of Representatives–a group that the arch conservative New York Republican congressmen called “terrorists.” No, not my language, one of their own said this about these folks. Time to get hard folks. Andrew Sullivan, a sane conservative, calls the Republican Party the Party of Nullification–this is a must read.
In the end, let’s be careful folks, democratic governance is not guaranteed. It could disappear. We should be afraid. The Republicans are depending on our kindness, softness and apathy. NO more. Say NO MORE.